Jonah and the Whale

  • Samuel Rothbort, Jonah and the Whale, ca. 1930s, granite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Ida Rothbort, Daughter, 1996.14

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Samuel Rothbort developed work in wood and stone during the 1930s. He never used commercial materials and instead salvaged pieces of driftwood, fieldstone, and even old fence posts for his carvings. Jonah and the Whale was carved from an uneven block of granite, in which the soft lines and rough texture evoke Rothbort’s belief that he “released” the image from within the stone.

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“When I work in [stone] I feel immortal and the subject springs out of the material.” Samuel Rothbort, quoted in Hollis Taggart Galleries Exhibition Catalogue, 1969

Title
Jonah and the Whale
Artist
Date
ca. 1930s
Location
Dimensions
10 x 15 3/4 x 8 5/8 in. (25.4 x 40.0 x 22.0 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Ida Rothbort, Daughter

Mediums
Mediums Description
granite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Animal – whale
  • Religion – Old Testament – Jonah
Object Number
1996.14
Palette
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